Edinburgh International Festival Event: Bloom

Bloom. Image by 59 Productions

Bloom. Image by 59 Productions

The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom will take place on Friday 4th August and Saturday 5th August from 10pm until midnight around St Andrew Square.

It is once again being created by 59 Productions who were behind the magnificent Harmonium in 2015 and Deep Time in 2016.

The Edinburgh International Festival was established in 1947 in the aftermath of the Second World War to ‘provide a platform for the flowering of the human spirit’. 70 years later, Edinburgh has bloomed magnificently as the world’s Festival City, and its impact has pollinated cities across the globe, propagating new festivals throughout Europe, America and Asia.

To celebrate this special anniversary, multi award-winning 59 Productions will create an epic outdoor spectacle – transforming St Andrew Square into a magical night garden through light and sound installations and large-scale projection. Stroll around the Square as the buildings burst into life – immersing you in a fast moving world of colour, texture and sound.

The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom runs from 10pm to midnight on a 20 minute loop, allowing audience members to explore it at their own pace.

The free tickets for 10pm start have all been allocated but anyone can turn up to the arena on either night from 10.30pm without a ticket.

Read everything you need to know about Bloom.


Bloom draws upon the architectural beauty of the new town, Edinburgh’s rich cultural heritage and the technological innovation for which the city is renowned.

Bloom visualisation

Bloom visualisation

You can join the EIF Facebook event.


Our photos of the Harmonium event.

Our photos of the Deep Time event.

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